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Re: Elizabeth Gourley m. Mr. Zane
Posted by: Diane Nichols (ID *****9389) Date: March 21, 2008 at 22:06:10
In Reply to: Elizabeth Gourley m. Mr. Zane by Pat Gourley of 691

I looked through both 1850 and 1860 census for Elizabeth Zane born 1815 in PA. Unable to find any that appeared to fit. Do you know the name of her son and date or year of his birth? It is highly unlikely that her husbands family founded Zanesville, Ohio as they went from New Jersey to the South Branch of the Potomac River (near present Romney, WV) about 1744 and then on to the Wheeling, Ohio Co., VA (now WV) area in 1769. They blazed and improved Zane's Trace, a "roadway" in about 1800 and, for that work, were given plats of land at every river crossing. So they would have received the Zanesville plat before Elizabeth Gourley was even born. Only the one family of William Andrew and Nancy (Nolan) Zane and sons: Silas, Ebenezer, Jonathan, Andrew and Isaac came west to the Ohio River Valley. Their daughter, Betty (heroine of Ft. Henry) was sent to Philadelphia where she attended school and I suspect may have stayed with her uncle, Isaac Zane, brother of William Andrew. So I do not see how that part can fit. But if you can send me more information, I will be glad to search a little further to find out who her husband may have been.

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